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Robben in and Rooney out if Van Gaal takes up Man United post?

| 05.05.2014

When it became clear that current Holland coach Louis Van Gaal had emerged as the leading contender to take over at Manchester United, the club’s highest paid player wasn’t shy in voicing his concerns over the potential appointment.

Wayne Rooney is apparently not a fan of the Dutchman’s hard-line approach to management and this in turn has fuelled speculation that the England striker could once again seek a move away from Old Trafford should Van Gaal land the United job.

It’s now being reported that Rooney – who is 12/5 to be England’s top goalscorer at the World Cup – could become the subject of a £35m bid from deep-pocketed Paris St-Germain.

If as expected Van Gaal is appointed to replace David Moyes then it’s widely believed he will make compatriot Robin van Persie the main focal point of the United attack, leaving Rooney in danger of losing his place in the starting XI.

Meanwhile, PSG are expected to let Edinson Cavani and potentially Ezequiel Lavezzi move on this summer which would free up some space for Rooney to operate alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovich.

Because Rooney has only recently penned a bumper £300k-per-week contract extension at Old Trafford a move away raises obvious question marks, though that deal does at least guarantee the club can ask for a considerable fee for the 28-year-old.

Other whispers surrounding Van Gaal’s proposed appointment have the Dutchman lining up one of his potential stars of the coming World Cup and current Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben.

According to the Sun newspaper Van Gaal has already identified the 30-year-old winger as a chief target to help shake up the current underachieving Red Devils playing squad.

Whether or not Bayern are willing to cash in on one of their best players is of course another matter.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.